Emily Winter MFA 15 TX & Matti Sloman 07 PT / MFA TX 14
Based in Chicago, IL
The Weaving Mill is a small-scale, artist-operated industrial weaving studio in Chicago run by RISD Textiles MFA alumni Emily Winter and Matti Sloman. We operate in the space between the hand and industrially made throughout our design and production processes, in which we manipulate large-scale weaving equipment ourselves. By breaking the norms of conventional production, we create limited-run textile editions which challenge expectations of color, geometry, and structure in woven fabrics.
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?
In October/November 2015, The Weaving Mill took a three-week research trip visiting arts organizations, mills, artist’s studios and friends. This trip was about situating TWM within the larger context of the domestic textile industry, understanding the potential of our own workshop and meeting the people who do parallel work. What we took away from this experience was that there was not an specific, isolated model of which we would mirror, rather piece together elements from a cross sections of influence. The Fabric Workshop, The Center of Land Use Interpretation, Bauhaus, The Rural Studio, Lampo, and The Rational Dress Society are organizations that get our blood pumping.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?
Something that was demanded of us as students at RISD was to be bold, even if it resulted in failure. We continue to ask that of ourselves in our studio.
Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?
If a few of our promototes or AVBBs find themselves a home that will bring them to the RISD beach, we will be delighted.
Any recent press/exhibitions/achievements you'd like to share with us?
A blanket and a prototype blanket from our first artist edition, a collaboration with RISD alum Sarah Wertzberger MFA TX 13, has been purchased by the RISD Museum. Herman Miller presented part of this edition of blankets in their new flagship store in NYC during NY Design Week.
The Weaving Mill were the artists in residence at Elastic Arts for the summer months, showing a new body of work and programing bi-weekly events at the space.
We are currently developing fabric that will result in blankets and pillows for Rejuvenation Home. Look for them in the their holiday '17 collection.
To see more of Matti and Emily's work, visit theweavingmill.com